I hope you were paying attention the last couple of weeks as the powerful government lobbyists worked hard to have their representatives in D.C. pass SOPA and PIPA. You were lucky, dear friends, that entities like Wikipedia, Reddit, Google and some 7,000 other websites took a stand FOR freedom. Left, right, conservatives, Socialists, it didn’t matter. People may not care about a free reality but do not take away their virtual freedom.
The Internet stands against tyranny.
I laughed out loud as reports indicated that Anonymous took down DoJ, RIAA,MPAA and Universal Music. Anonymous reported on Twitter: ““Tango Down! JUSTICE.gov – U.S. Government Website DOWN!”.
Awesome stuff. The battle lines are drawn.
Don’t misunderstand me dear reader: piracy is not honorable. Stealing is immoral.
Isn’t it just a little coincidental that the FBI swooped down in helicopters, seizing millions in property and shuttering numerous websites soon after SOPA and PIPA were tabled? Like the government was saying, “you know, we have the authority, the POWER, to shut these sites down whether it is signed law or not.”
Don’t think for a minute that it was all about stopping a rogue outfit distributing Hollywood content with abandon. No, as The Daily Reckoning reported:
…the trendline with Megaupload was clearly toward using the space to launch new artists with new content: not piracy but creativity. As Wired.uk wrote, this crackdown came shortly after Megaupload announced music producer Swizz Beatz — married to Alicia Keys — as their CEO. They had rallied a whole host of musicians including Will.i.am, P Diddy, Kanye West and Jamie Foxx to endorse the cloud locker service. Megaupload was building a legitimate system for artists to make money and fans to get content.
What’s this all about? It is some powerful corporate lobbyists trying to prevent the emergence of an alternative system of art and music delivery, one powered by people rather than merely the well- connected.
The U.S. government is corrupt and sick with the lobbyist cancer. More from The Daily Reckoning:
This is the battle for whether the digital age is permitted to exist in an atmosphere of free speech, free association, free enterprise, and real property rights, or whether it will be controlled by government in conjunction with aging media moguls from monopolistic corporate oligarchies. The lines are clearly drawn, and it is taking place in real time.
I cannot imagine a life not being free. I refuse to believe that even the wanna-be Marxists running around this country really hope to achieve a collectivism that would infringe on their rights. But this is where we are. I can only imagine how many hypocritical Socialists who have supported ever expansive government the last 10 years were actually on the front lines of stopping SOPA and PIPA.
The government is at war against its citizens. Power and control. Piracy controls are just a tip of the their spear. You’ll eventually have to decide if you prefer to be among the collectivists collecting scraps from their government master’s table or if you want to be free and choose liberty.